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Game #4304

Sunday, 6 February 1994

Attendance: 26,919


Premier League

8th (+2)

Leeds United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa make it six consecutive wins in all competitions as Ron and Dalian Atkinson kiss and make up.

Aston Villa


Leeds United

Assist(s) | Neil Cox | 70โ€™ |


Andy Townsend, running Judo contest.




๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Leeds United
๐Ÿ” | 58โ€™ Sub off, Steve Staunton, Sub on Neil Cox
โšฝ | 70โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Andy Townsend, Assist by Neil Cox
๐Ÿ” | 75โ€™ Sub off, Ray Houghton, Sub on Dwight Yorke
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™ Booking, Neil Cox, Two footed tackle
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Leeds United


The backdrop to Villa's victory over Leeds is the worrying reveal that Dalian Atkinson had put in a transfer request after a row with manager Ron Atkinson. Happily Dalian later rescind the move saying "Iโ€™ve withdrawn It and we're going to leave It to the end of the season and see how It goes.

โ€œNow I just want to start scoring goals and win a cup for the club.

"I've just got a year left on my contract, I'm still only 25 and I'm going to have to thrash out my future."

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1981-82

Leeds United

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1991โ€“92


Leeds United

Previous 5 vs. Leeds: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Season | 1993-94 |
Matchday | #37 |
League Game | #26 |
Manager Game | #139 |
Sunday, 6 February 1994


Manager: Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Liverpool, 1991-1994
Referee: Jim Borrett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Norfolk, 1981โ€“1994
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Jim Borrett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Norfolk, 1981โ€“1994
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 21 August 1993, Villa 2-2 Wimbledon, Selhurst Park.
Incidents: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ




Leeds United


Jim Borrett


Villa name an unchanged line up for the third successive game.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.53 |

Oldest Player |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 34.20 |

Youngest Player |
GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | 22.08 |



Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Howard Wilkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
RB Earl Barrett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Shaun Teale | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Ray Houghton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ |
M Kevin Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Tony Daley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dean Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Dalian Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Leeds United

GK Mark Beeney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Tony Dorigo (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Chris Fairclough | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Jon Newsome | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Gary Kelly | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Gordon Strachan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Steve Hodge (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gary McAllister | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Gary Speed | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W David White | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Brian Deane | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ” | RB Neil Cox | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |ย ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐ŸŸจ | for LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 58โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | for M Ray Houghton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 75โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | W David White | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Noel Whelan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK John Lukic | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB John Pemberton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 6/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/14



1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 13/14



Not recorded


Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Not recorded


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"The manager told me that if I put myself about more I'll get better chances and it's happening for me.

โ€œIโ€™m getting into positions that I didn't used to.

"I badly wanted to score against Leeds and get my tally going again.

โ€œBut I'll keep working at it, because I want to win something with Villa."

Dalian Atkinson.

*Birmingham Evening Mail*
Monday, 7 February 1994

FOR 45 minutes yesterday, Aston Villa asserted their right to be regarded among the elite of the FA Carling Premiership.

In that time they scoured Leedsโ€™ defence with a variety of moves that finally rubbed a hole into which Andy Townsend darted in the 69th minute with the relish of a man successfully reeking vengeance.

Townsend skirted Jon Newsome as the centre back lunged at Neil Cox's perceptive pass from right back, deliberately moved the ball to his left foot and shot into the far side of John Beeney's goal.

No more than Villa deserved on the weight and quality of their second half play, their opening half having been as accident prone as a team of Mr Beans.

It might, indeed, have been subtitled Bozzie's Bizarre Business, so weird and startling were the succession of assaults on Mark Bosnich's goal by his own teammates.

And as for Townsend, he was bounced around the excellently prepared pitch as if he were in a running Judo contest.

After 17 minutes Newsome rearranged the ยฃ2.1 million man's hooter with his elbow and a few tumbles later his arm was lacerated by Brian Deane's studs.

Wrapped conspicuously in bandage at half-time, the arm was his trademark afterwards, to be seen in practically every move constructed with ever greater facility by his team.

It was his long run and angled pass that signalled Villa's revival, Dalian Atkinson once again conveying that hint of ice-cool menace, bringing a plunging save from Beeney after 48 minutes.

Townsend's domination of Gary McAllister was the decisive tactical advantage from here on.

And Villaโ€™s defenders cast aside first half carelessness to deal with the muscular threat of Deane as if the striker was little more than an awkward schoolboy.

Twice, with a thumping header from Tony Daleyโ€™s cross and a right foot shot from just inside the penalty area, Dean Saunders was close to scoring, so that manager Ron Atkinson had every cause to post-match satisfaction at beating a team who so often are vines bogey.

An exit poll taken of the manager at half-time would have been different. Perhaps 30 per cent at the ability of Dalian Atkinson to outpace Leeds' central defence against 70 per cent anxiety at self-induced peril.

Shaun Teale having reflexively headed against the underside of his own bar after 23 minutes, Paul McGrath was close to turning the ball into his goal eight minutes later.

Bosnich caught the disease a minute from half-time, swinging his left foot wildly at Earl Barrett's over-strong back pass. Fortunately, he snicked the ball just wide of goal where Steve Staunton was on hand to block Deane's charge.

Self-sacrifice was always more likely to endanger Villa than Leeds' under-confident strikers and even in the first half Atkinson had chances 12 yards or so out on the left.

The first he scuffed, left-footed into Beeney's arms, the second he side-footed with his right into the same haven.

For Villa fans, though, a worse sight was Steve Staunton hobbling from the pitch after 58 minutes with more groin trouble.

The fact that his return has coincided with six wins and a draw from eight matches need not be emphasised.

Now only five points behind third placed Arsenal, Villa have four home matches of their next five in the League and there could yet be a UEFA place for them by this route.

They are gradually, fitfully approaching the standard that can win a trophy.